The most ironic aspect, or former President Trump’s. Make America Great Again, slogan, was, perhaps, the lack of agreement, regarding, what that meant, and, the impact, of using, the word, again, as part of that statement! Using that, specific word, seems to imply, this nation is/ was, no longer, great, as well as, looking back, and seeing things, in black – and – white, revisionist thinking, believing, Happy Days, truly, occurred, years ago! Although, I find, many aspects of this approach, and thought – process, at the very least, disturbing and concerning, I believe, it serves a constructive purpose, to consider, whether, we were, actually, great, and, if, any of the past President’s actions and behaviors, made a difference, for the better, for this nation, and its citizens. With, that in mind, this article will attempt to consider, examine, review, and discuss, what it means, in terms of our past, present, and future.
1. Was it?: When considering, whether the nation, was great, it is important to consider, what that means, in actual terms! Was this, compared to other nations, or to our Constitional guarantees, and/ or, all components of our history? What, exactly, did our Founding Fathers, seek, since, many aspects of their discussions, often, in – retrospect, don’t seem, consistently, honorable, etc? What period, do some people, want to return to: founding to pre – Civil War; from there until the 1960’s; various decades, thereafter, etc?
2. Is it, today?: Whether, we are great, today, often, depends upon, who one is! How is it possible, to be great, when, we witness, so much, systemic racism, in many aspects, of our lives? Although, we need, to be, and feel, safe, and need, professional, police/ policing, and meaningful laws (to protect, all). statistics indicate, people – of – color, are, often, treated, far differently! It seems obvious, the better – off, financially, one is, the better, the judicial and legal systems, treat him! This seems to be true, in many areas of our lives, including: housing; employment opportunities; public health and safety; education, and educational quality; and health/ medical care!
3. Future?: If, we are to leave this planet, properly, to future generations, we must, proceed, in a truly, sustainable, proactive manner, especially, in terms of, addressing, Climate Change ramifications, and environmental protections! We must insist, all our so – called, protected rights/ freedoms, are considered, and enforced, and not, merely, selectively! We will only, move forward, in a way, we need, deserve, and should be proud of, if/ when, we end the partisan politics, and seek, a meeting – of – the – minds, for the greater good!
Wake up, America, and consider, what, greatness, really means and requires? Will you demand, better, and more, from those, we elect, into the future?
Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, Director of Development, consultant, professionally run events, consulted to thousands, conducted personal development seminars, and worked on political campaigns, for 4 decades. Rich has written three books and thousands of articles. Website: http://plan2lead.net and LIKE the Facebook page for common sense: http://facebook.com/commonsense4all
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